Guidance and Application Advisor, SOAS
London Senate House

Job reference: 001537

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 21/11/2019

Salary: Starting at £31,966 per annum (pro rata)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: The Careers Group

Sub-Department: SOAS

Hours per week: 35 hours per week (term time only)

Recently qualified in careers guidance but not got much work experience?

Looking to return to the world of supporting students with their career choices?

This job could be for you!

SOAS Careers is looking to recruit a term time only (Guidance and Application Adviser, initially on a one year fixed term contract beginning Autumn 2019.

Your role would be primarily student-centred: you'll be giving Careers advice and guidance (primarily application and interview support) to students at one of the UK's most interesting institutions. When not delivering guidance you will also be part of the front desk ‘triaging’ team, responding to student enquiries face-to-face, by phone and email, giving information and helping to direct them to the most appropriate sources of support.   

SOAS Careers is a small and friendly close working team that is creative and innovative in the way it utilises its available resources. It is located within a wider community of University of London colleges in the heart of London.

Approximately half of our students are following Undergraduate degrees, the rest being Masters students or Doctoral candidates, so you'd get experience across the whole spectrum of the student experience. In addition we'd expect you to take on a School-wide Careers project, for example working with our graduates or WP (Widening Participation) students.

In order to be considered for interview we strongly encourage you to specifically address the essential criteria listed in the person specification in your application. 

For more information concerning the role please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification, and for an informal conversation about the role please contact David Gilchrist, (, 0207 8984122).

Further information

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and answering application questions (by clicking ‘apply for job’ at the bottom of this page) before the closing date at midnight on Thursday 21st November 2019.


Preferential consideration will be given to the University redeployment pool.

The University reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the published end date should it receive sufficient applications to warrant earlier shortlisting.


Please note that the University of London will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Therefore, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.


The Careers Group, University of London was established over 100 years ago and is the largest network of higher education careers services in Europe. Its mission is as follows:

Our Group exists to make each of our member services the best that it can be strategically and operationally in the context of its institution and to ensure that each service is demonstrably better as a member of the group than it would be if it were not.

As a collective, our Group will be highly visible as thought and practice leaders in higher education careers and employability nationally and globally. In turn, the leading edge thinking and practice will enhance delivery in member services and bring reputational benefits to the University of London centrally and to member institutions.

The Careers Group, University of London is an expertise-led, collaborative membership organisation, set up to serve predominantly, but not exclusively, the member institutions of the University of London. The Group comprises the careers services of City University London, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, the Royal Veterinary College, SOAS, St George’s Medical School, St Mary’s University and UCL. There is additional provision for the School of Advanced Study, the Institute of Cancer Research, Glasgow Caledonian University London, techne and University of London Worldwide. All the institutional services are closely aligned to the learning and teaching, student experience, employability and enterprise strategies of the institutions that they serve.

The Group HQ is at Senate House and contains the Director's office and a small central team which supports the institutional services by coordinating recruitment and resourcing, providing training and professional development, supporting research and evidence-based practice, overseeing the creation and curation of shared resources, and undertaking special projects on behalf of member services and the Group as a whole. Senate House is also the base for the Head of College Careers Services for the smaller specialist institutes of the university.

The group has over 260 staff and serves a population well in excess of 150,000 students, researchers and graduates.



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